“Be yourself, everyone else is taken!”
Banjo & Matilda is the label of the moment that specializes in super soft cashmere with a playful twist (a kiss is hand-stitched on the inside of each garment). Designer Belynda Macpherson is inspired by her Bondi Beach surroundings to create clothing focused on comfort and longevity. Counting the founder’s supermodel sister-in-law, Elle, amongst its fans, the brand now boasts a luxurious selection of cashmere sweaters, coverups and pants.
“I design for real life and a love of absolute comfort and longevity. Simplicity with a generous serve of discreet luxury makes me happy, and I am guessing/hoping/knowing you’ll love it too”. – Belynda Macpherson
Find out how to style the new line and how Belynda’s sister-in-law and unofficial muse, Elle Macpherson inspired the label’s name below:
Peace-intarsia cashmere sweater
Where does the name Banjo & Matilda come from?
“I was pregnant with my son when I started the label and my sister-in-law, Elle, was adamant I call him Banjo but I compromised and used it for the label. I wanted an Aussie mate for Banjo, so I took the rest of the name from our unofficial national anthem, Waltzing Matilda.”
Star-intarsia cashmere sweater
Why a knitwear label?
“My mother used to hand knit cashmere legwarmers for ballet because I had sensitive skin, so I have an emotional attachment to it. I also noticed on the beach that everyone was wearing bikinis during the day and then putting their cashmere on at night.”
Ultimate Vee cashmere sweater
Describe the brand philosophy in 3 words?
“Sand, surf and sky – it’s very Australian, very free.”
Croquet long cashmere cardigan
How to wear your pieces?
“Either with a pair of jeans, ballet flats and a tee underneath or a nice crisp white shirt, pencil skirt and skinny belt for work.”
Oversized cashmere sweater
Who would you love to see wearing your designs?
“Elle is our unofficial muse but I also love Kate Moss and the way she puts hi-lo looks together.”
Cashmere track pants
I am in love with Belynda’s super-comfy and stylish creations and you?
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Photos: Courtesy of Banjo & Matilda and net-à-porter.com